Financial crisis and the unstable political situation in Romania have forced the organisers of the Kings’ chess tournament, featuring five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand, to postpone the premier event.
The event, with Anand, World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Romania) in the fray, was scheduled to be held from June 23 to July 4 at Medias.
According to the statement from the event’s Press Chief Dorian Rogozenco, “The organisers will do everything they can in order to hold the tournament later this year. The reason for not holding the tournament now is the financial crisis and very unstable political situation in Romania.”
The Kings tournament is the second Grand Slam tournament to run into trouble. Last year, the event in Linares was cancelled and even this year, there is no sign of any revival of the elite tournament.
Two other Grand Slam events — Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing (China) and the M-Tel Masters in Sofia (Bulgaria) — have also been taken off the calendar for the time being.
Sign up for my free email chess course for Beginners and Club Players. In this free course, I focus on helping beginner chess players see the entire board. You will learn how to attack your opponent from move 1 and create a new threat with every single move! I’ve created this series of lessons designed to help beginner and club level players understand the game at a deeper level so that you can start beating higher rated players immediately. Start getting free tips from me directly to your inbox!
– GM Susan Polgar